In the UK, only the criminal courts can make a restraining order, usually after a person has been on trial for an offence involving harassment or violence. The family court can, however make similar orders, known as non-molestation and occupation orders.
A non-molestation order (or “non-mol”) is one of the court’s key powers in cases involving domestic violence. For more information, read our law guide on non-molestation orders.
An occupation order controls who lives in a home, and can be used to exclude those who use or threaten violence, as well as perpetrators of sexual or psychological abuse. For more information, read our law guide on occupation orders.